How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 0.4 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Asia average: 2.3 (2016).
- no recent history.
- Civil unrest:
- The tabling of a controversial extradition bill (which the locals feared subject them to unfair trials and violent treatment) has ignited frequent demonstrations and protests since June 2019.
- Although the bill has since been withdrawn in October 2019, clashes between protesters and anti riot police have continued unabated. Roadside railings have been dismantled, rail stations vandalized, and businesses seen as supporting of China Communist’s Party have been targeted.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Hong Kong protests 2019
- For tourists in Hong Kong, the key is to avoid protest areas. Check out the Hong Kong Protests Map as well as LIHKG (Hong Kong’s Reddit like forum) for live updates of the current situation. Carry a map to show that you are a tourist if the need arises.
- Check out this long TripAdvisor thread as well for updates from other tourists in Hong Kong.